1920 - 2005
Harold E. Grim was born to Damon and Viola (Ferkel) Grim on April 5, 1920, at Lees Creek, Ohio. The family made its home in Wilmington, Ohio, where Mr. Grim developed his skill and passion for agriculture while working on the family farm.
After graduating from high school in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Grim was pulled to the great farmland of the Entiat Valley and began farming for his Uncle Harry Grim. During the fall he was employed by Standard Fruit Company.
In July 1944 he married the woman that became the 60-year love of his life, Naomi (Aimee) Kuest. The couple lived in Entiat for the next 56 years, raising their two sons in the family home.
Mr. Grim purchased his first apple orchard in Entiat in 1950. It was followed by the purchase of two more orchards in the Entiat Valley and production of apples and pears until his retirement and the passing on of orchard management to his son, Bruce; though his attentive eye and advice continued to be enthusiastically welcomed on the orchard.
Mr. Grim was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed boating trips with family and friends. After retirement, the couple’s travel trailer took them all over Washington discovering sites when they were not enjoying warmer weather while wintering in Arizona.
Mr. Grim was an active in the Entiat community with membership in the Entiat Federated Church, Entiat Grange, Entiat Chamber of Commerce, Entiat Warehouse Board of Directors, and Skookum, Inc. Board of Directors. Additionally, he was elected to the Entiat School Board and served for a time as chairman of the board. While chairman of the board, he proudly presented both of his sons with their high school diplomas. He was honored with the Chelan County Soil Conservationist of the Year in 1961.
He was survived by him wife, Aimee; sons, Douglas (Tina) and Bruce (Candy); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Family and friends of Mr. Grim created the scholarship in his memory to honor his strong legacy in the tree fruit industry and to assist young men and women and from the community he was so proud of.